Formula One woke up to a sunny Sunday in Suzuka ready for a busy day of qualifying and racing in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.
All practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday were canceled as the storm approached, with the track closed to the public and media. Having battened down the hatches on Friday evening in preparation for the coming storm, with the entire broadcast center, circuit TV screens, starting lights and even the podium was taken down and stowed away, it was all systems go on Sunday morning.
The rescheduled qualifying session, which will decide the starting grid for the race was set to go ahead as planned at 10 a.m. local time (0100 GMT), with the race on the schedule for its 2:10 p.m. (0510 GMT) start. Typhoon Hagibis, which also forced the cancellation of two rugby World Cup matches, may have largely spared Suzuka, about 300 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.
But it exacted its toll in other parts of the country. Four people were killed and 17 were missing after Hagibis, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades, paralyzed the capital Tokyo, flooded rivers and put millions under evacuation warning before it plowed up the northeastern coast.
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